American Whiskey - Tennessee Whiskey

George Dickel No. 12 Tennessee Whisky

From: Tennessee, United States Liquor Review Category: Tennessee Whiskey American Whiskey

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Rating Description

92nd Percentile
This score falls in the 92nd percentile of all spirits in the Whiskey category and is an example of the very best in its class.
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Awards

San Francisco World Spirits Competition

  • 2005
  • 2006
  • 2007
  • 2008
  • 2010
  • 2011
  • 2012
  • 2015

Beverage Testing Institute

  • 2007
  • 2012

Wine Enthusiast

  • Pre-2004
  • 2007
  • 2015

Proof66 Notes

George Dickel No. 12 whisky is the higher-proofed expression, bottled at 90 proof.

The 2015 San Francisco World Spirits Competition named it "Best Tennessee Whiskey," but this was a puzzling award given that there were only two Tennessee whiskeys submitted that year (both from George Dickel).

A positive 2012 review from the Beverage Testing Institute exclaimed, "Great complexity and a fine Tennessee sipper."

George Dickel Tennessee whiskies are made with a mash bill (whose proportions are secret) of barley, rye, and corn. Blended down with limestone water from Cascade Hollow, the whiskey is "mellowed" through sugar maple charcoal, double distilled, and then aged in oak. One of their signature processes is to chill-filter the spirit before the charcoal mellowing, which they say creates a special smoothness to their whisky. Note that the distillery has opted to spell whisky without the "e" in defiance of American whiskey tradition (and we'll follow suit here). The label is owned by Diageo.

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  • 088076006218
  • 088076006232
  • 088076006324
  • 088076006584
  • 088076006225

    Rabble Reviews

    This bottle has 16 ratings and 16 reviews.
    Cranecreek Cranecreek (47) (2016-08-15)
    It is easy to want to compare this whiskey to Jack Daniels but I think a better approach is in the comparison to other Bourbons. I say Bourbons because the only reason it is not called a Bourbon is by choice of the manufacturer. By comparing this to other whiskeys (Bourbons) we can open the playing field. Think Makers Mark and you have pretty much identified this whiskeys flavor profile. Plenty of sweet Oaky Butterscotch with a smooth mouth feel. Not much rye flavor as the mashbill is for 8% putting this whiskey on the low level of rye usage. It does have a slight citrus quality along with a Spearmint flavor. Also there is a pleasing custard type taste that melds well with the overall character. Sweet and simple for those that prefer those aspects in a whiskey.
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    Cgtboy1988 Cgtboy1988 (64) (2016-04-25)
    A great whiskey for drinking straight or mixed. The price is nice at about $20/bottle. It is fairly sweet. The flavors are nicely balanced and of medium strength. It is most certainly a Tennessee whiskey by taste- not a bourbon- though I am not privy to the actual production details. It is sweeter than the typical bourbon and has a thicker feel and taste. I would consider this on pat with Gentleman's in sweetness, but Dickel has a few different flavors going on here. I get a lot more mellow creaminess from this, where with Gentleman's I get more maple and cherry.
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    tdwester tdwester (10) (2016-02-07)
    High corn and charcoal filtered makes this one of the easiest sippin whiskies out there and one of my favorites to sip while watching a game. Just pour a glass and enjoy. It just taste good not super complex but I don't want to think too much while I'm watching a game and talking to friends.
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    lpy89 lpy89 (173) (2015-10-21)
    Unlike the Gentleman, this is much more complex with notes of citrus,dried fruits, oak, vanilla, maple, corn with hint of smoke. On the palate you get slighty smoky and oaky flavor with hint of sweetness followed by peppery finish. If you want Smoother drink that is more fruit-forward, Gentleman Jack is way to go. If you want more complex sipper that has more oak-driven character, this is it. Whichever you go you can't go wrong with the two Tennessee Whiskies!
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    Yankel W. Yankel W. (45) (2015-09-11)
    EDT 9/11/15: This may change shortly since the Master Distiller left Dickel and I don;t know who is running the ship now. Diageo has their way and it ain;t the old Dickel way. ////This is my first choice for a sippin whisky (American). It is well rounded, with no flavors overpowering any other. The proof is right, it smells like whisky and tastes real good. It might be pricier than some good tastin bourbons, but this is one to stay with. this reminds me some of the other "whiskys" from the Emerald Isle. Corn is different than barley, assuredly but - The folk at Dickel know how to spell whisky at least.
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    Muncher Muncher (263) (2015-03-08)
    Very good Tennessee "whisky"; better than the Jack Daniels equivalent for sure. Great nose, and while the flavor profile is good, it just seems to have a small empty note. I suspect the sugar maple filtering process strips some of the flavor away so it would be interesting to try this whisky without that step in place.
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    dbmkt1 dbmkt1 (9) (2014-12-13)
    This has a taste I've heard described as "burnt butter". It was kind of a smoky, charcoal, dry taste that I personally had a hard time with. I wanted to like it, but at $24.99 in WI, there are good bourbons in that price range that I wish I had bought.
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    jaketaz jaketaz (163) (2014-10-02)
    Put as simply as possible, this beats Jack Daniels at its own game and for less money. Put a little less simply, it's a tasty sour Tennessee style whisky with lots of citron sour and some tobacco smoke, a drink with personality at a great price. Makes a nice whisky sour or Alabama Slammer, goes great with breakfast too. I know that sounds bad, but the truth is the truth.
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    BDanner BDanner (104) (2014-08-07)
    The equal of Old No. 7 at a better price. Better than Gentleman Jack at a better price. Complex. Caramel, smoke, vanilla, and (don't laugh) banana. A straight sipper or mixed with ginger ale, it allows me to save my favorite whiskys for special occasions.
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    derkerderr derkerderr (70) (2014-02-07)
    Much better than no. 8 and infinitely better than Jd. I might give a slight edge to gentleman jack but it's close.
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    Edith MaGoo Edith MaGoo (55) (2014-02-01)
    In my opinion, this is the best Tennessee Whisky. It's better than Jack or Gentleman Jack. It still has that slightly sour aftertaste of the other Tennessee Whiskys. It's definitely worth the price for a cheap, everyday drink. It's definitely not top shelf, wouldn't compare to a good similarly priced Bourbon like Buffalo Trace.
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    predsfan89 predsfan89 (5) (2013-05-12)
    One of my favorite whiskys. Its a bargain as well, you could pay a ton more and get a worse product. Definitely better than jack no.7
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    LiquorBox21X LiquorBox21X (25) (2012-05-07)
    A very nice whisky at a very reasonable price. Available in 50ml- so try it!
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    Scotia Scotia (3) (2012-04-28)
    I tried this after someone tried to convince me that it was better than Gentleman Jack. They were sorely mistaken. Dickel No. 12 had a terrible, chemically aftertaste to me, and it even smelled a bit funny mixed with Coca Cola. I'll stick with the Gentleman.
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    boatwric boatwric (2) (2011-02-03)
    I consider this a kind of desert whiskey (or whisky, as theyd have you spell it), sweet through and through. Its heavy of vanilla and caramel scents, with maybe a hint of cinnamon. Beautiful when it hits the tongue- deep caramel and some malty confectionery flavor I cant quite place. A little sharp and dry when it finishes; not unpleasant, though it doesnt quite fit. Overall, this is a solid and comforting concoction. You could pay more and still do much worse.
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    ChrisCarlsson ChrisCarlsson (326) (2010-09-03)
    Some may consider it a bit light in body or find the dryness not to their liking. It is a good bargain for someone seeking a better whiskey for $20 or less. A good bit older and more drinkable than most in that price range. Also as noted above, it is a great substitute in a bourbon cocktail as many of the bourbons commercially available in its price range are young, raw, and give you a nasty hangover. If you want to think for yourself, buck the trend and drink a different Tennessee Whisky (for less money too) try this one.
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